Time to Collaborate on the Correct Office Mix

Time to Collaborate on the Correct Office Mix

June 2014

For years, corporate America has been busy infusing collaborative space into offices with the belief that greater collaboration is the ticket to increased creativity, productivity and worker satisfaction. Clearly, there are many cases where this has been the result, advancing the thinking that shared workspaces are better than isolated, quiet areas designed for one. However, a closer look shows that in some instances the opposite is true: an abundance of collaborative space aimed to encourage teaming and idea exchange has resulted in a diminished ability to focus, which translates into a decline in productivity.

Keywords: Collaborative space, Employee productivity, Design, Strategy, Work patterns, Job satisfaction

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